I need guidance regarding VLANs on L2 Switches(2950 Model).If I create VLANs on these How do they talk to each other. I have a 2600 Model Router. Suppose I create 3 VLANs on a Switch how are these 3 going to talk to each other. Simply Creating VLAns on 3 ports will suffice or anything to be Done at the Router End to enable Communicating of VLANs. I am a beginner to VLANs. Any one Pl. helpme on this.
Using a 2600 series router and only one LAN interface, you need a "Plus" version of IOS in order to create subinterfaces on it. (Which may require more memory and flash in your router.) Then, configure the switch port the router plugs into to be an 802.1Q trunk port.
Here's an example of a configuration I have working on a 2620 router:
no ip address
encapsulation dot1Q 1 native
ip address 10.1.0.1 255.255.0.0
encapsulation dot1Q 5
ip address 10.5.0.1 255.255.0.0
encapsulation dot1Q 16
ip address 172.16.0.1 255.255.0.0
encapsulation dot1Q 17
ip address 172.17.0.1 255.255.0.0
The subinterface number (0/0.xxx) is arbitrary; I chose to match the "xxx" with the VLAN number on the encapsulation dot1Q xxx".
Whatever is the native VLAN defined on your switch port, that subinterface should also have it indicated with the "native" command line option. (See my 0/0.1 subint. for example.)
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